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Companies that are Promoting New Reactor Construction

UniStar Nuclear Consortium

Announced on September 15, 2005, UniStar is a business venture formed to facilitate design certification, siting, licensing, construction, and operation of a fleet of new nuclear power plant in the U.S. The plan is to build a reactor design known as the U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactor, a new design that is based on a reactor now under construction (but not yet completed) in Finland. UniStar has applied for a combined operating license at both Nine Mile Point in New York and Calvert Cliffs in Maryland.

Additionally, UniStar has assisted with application preparation for combined construction and operating licenses at sites in Missouri and Pennsylvania.

View a list of companies that make up UniStar.

Nustart Consortium

NuStart Energy Development is the largest and most well-funded of the consortia seeking new operating licenses, and its formation was announced on March 31, 2004.

NuStart works with two nuclear reactor vendors, GE and Westinghouse, and uses their reactor models as preferred candidates for member companies: the General Electric Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) and the Westinghouse Advanced Passive 1000 reactor (AP1000).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on November 4, 2004, that the NuStart consortium would receive an initial subsidy of $4 million, with more going to the Dominion-led consortium. In May 2005 it signed a final deal with DOE for a 50% cost-share agreement, with taxpayers contributing $260 million and the consortium as a whole putting up an equal amount for the paperwork on two new nuclear reactors. Those reactors will be pursued at Bellefonte, AL and Grand Gulf, MS.

View a list of companies that make up Nustart.

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